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Old 11-09-2007, 10:49 PM
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I work part time in an outdoor store, and someone called me today asking about deer hunting with a 22-250 and a 220 swift.

I really cannot recommend it

what are other feelings?
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:03 PM
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why not just go with a 243 then your could use it as a varmit rifle too.
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:51 AM
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I agree with the 243, but i mean it isnt like a well placed shot with a .22 cal centerfire wont kill a deer. We have all heard about some one shooting deer with a .22 rimfire. they say like 75% or more poaching is done with a .22 rimfire. so a .22 centerfire will kill a deer no problem. just like anything else if you hit them right they will die fast
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Old 11-10-2007, 06:26 AM
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Wouldn't be my first choice, but it would kill a deer with the right bullet choice. Just make sure they are not using varmint fast expanding bullets with it.

Might want to make sure it's legal in your state as well. Some states have caliber restrictions.

I just can't see a varmint set up lending itself well to deer hunting situation.

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Old 11-10-2007, 07:31 AM
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I work part time in an outdoor store, and someone called me today asking about deer hunting with a 22-250 and a 220 swift.

I really cannot recommend it

what are other feelings?
I agree, but with the right bullets, either cartridge will do the job, and you won't have to hit them in the eye, either!

I recommend to anyone who is contemplating this, or wants to know the truth about this subject, that they read the section on KILLING POWER in P.O. Ackley's Handbook for Shooters and Reloaders, VOL. I.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:36 AM
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I, personally, am of the belief that all .224cal cartridges are inadequate for deer sized game. Can they kill a deer? Yes, they can and they have. But just because something can be done, doesn't mean it SHOULD be. I'd wager that for every deer successfully recovered after being shot with a .224cal rifle, there are several that have been wounded or unrecovered. The problem is that you won't hear about those because most people who have done it won't admit it. I'd say recommend the .243. It's enough gun, won't beat up young or female shooters, and doubles as an excellent varmint cartridge.


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Old 11-10-2007, 08:54 AM
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It will kill deer. But it is on the low end of the spectrum. Just a little off and you have a wounded deer where a larger caliber will give you a little grace. And we are all off a little at some time.

Yes it will killed a deer but why risk it.

I wouldn't recommend it either,
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:32 PM
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My brother has been hunting with a 22-250 for years and never lost a deer, and I am in the process of trading for a Sauer 202 Outback in 22-250 and fully intend to cull does with it. Granted, it will not be my primary deer rifle, but it is very adequate for what I intend to do with it.

I started both my sons deer hunting with a NEF 223, and it worked great.
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:35 PM
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I too would not make the 22-250 my first choice , however , My mom has killed dead one shot about 15 good mule deer with one . It was loaded with sierra flat base soft points of 55 grains at about 3100 fpssome of the shoots were as much as 225 yds .
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:52 PM
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how many of the guys who say its inadequate have used a 224 on deer?
How can anyone say for every one recovered there are several not found?
does it matter that the hole through a deers lungs is .019" smaller than a 243? can the deer tell? you folks passing judgement have no business doing so, I have stated that 224's aren't the best but they are adequate, but only say this after taking around 100 whitetails with a 223 with every bullet I could find that I thought could get inside a deers ribcage.
The 223 is a decent cartridge but its effect on deer has alot to do with common sense and dicipline, without these traits you shouldn't even be hunting!

Ditto !
A classic double lung shot and it's all over with just about any centerfire rifle, the ribacage of a deer just doesnt offer any resistance to stopping a bullet. I'll bet less deer are wounded with small calibers over large calibers, because the people using them are very disciplined and only take good broadside shots within range and place bullets exaclty where they aim.
It's guys toting 300 mags for 150lb whitetails that are usually the ones wounding deer.
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